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Cesar's is a family operated restaurant that specializes in Mexican cuisine. The restaurant maintains a bar and dining rooms. It organizes various special events, including receptions, family reunions, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, business meetings and cocktail and bachelor parties and can accommodate up to 100 people. The restaurant s menu features a variety of starters, including flour tortillas, chicken quesadillas and nachos, as well as dinner entrees that includes charbroiled steak, chicken breasts, Mexican enchiladas and prime rib. Cesar's also serves burrito, tacos, tostadas and homemade tamales. Its bar offers a selection of beer, including Miller, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Lite, Heineken and Corona. Cesar's maintains a restaurant in Chicago.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (773) 248-4733

Primary Phone: (773) 248-2835

Phone: (773) 248-2835

Fax: (773) 248-4733

Fax Number: (773) 248-4733

Payment method
all major credit cards, mastercard, amex, discover, visa
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
North Side, Lake View East, Lakeview
AKA

Cesar's On Clark

Cesar's Home of the Killer Margaritas

Cesar's Restaurant- Broadway

Cesars Killer Margaritas

Cesar's Restaurant

Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Grocers-Ethnic Foods, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No, Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Latin American, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Good For Groups: Yes

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samelise85

04/11/2012

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Overall
Worst experience ever!!

This is the most horrible place I've ever been to!!! So My boyfriend and I went into to Cesar's to have a nice diner after the Cub's game today (I live a block away on Halsted and Briar). We sat down at the bar, ordered our drinks and our food. My boyfriend, noticing his phone was almost dead, asked the bartender if he could charge his phone. The bartender told him to ask the manager in the front of the restaurant. He left to go ask the manager and disappeared for a few minutes. He came back noticably upset saying that they refused. Maybe a minute later an older man comes up, takes our drinks and tells us to ""Get out! We don't want your kind here!""! Can you belive that?! What does ""your kind"" mean?! Paying customers you mean?! This place will probably fail it's next sanitation test!

Eddie b

10/04/2010

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Do not eat here

This place has the worst customer service that I have ever encountered.
The food at best is average and extremely expensive.

DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS PLACE... if you do not believe me read some of the other comments post it by past customers. There are so many choices in the Lakeview area that this should not be on anyone’s list.

The owner is rude, inattentive and unappreciative it. I believe that he has a Napoleon complex and I am sure that plays allot into the way he believes he should treat customers. He is under the impression that he can dictate how you should pay in the restaurant and if you do not like it then too bad. I am in the Hospitality business and the last time I checked ""THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT"" THEY TRULY BELIEVE THAT THEY DO NOT NEED YOUR BUSINESS BECAUSE THE WAY THAT THEY TREAT CUSTOMERS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

All I want to do was have an open tab in the bar while I was having dinner with friends and family, but instead the owner told me that if I kept that tab open he would charge the entire dinner on my card. There were at least 20 of us and I did not feel like taking on such a high bill. I asked him what the problem was if I kept it open and he told me that he did not want to mix the bar with the restaurant...?????. Any way you look it he is still getting my money but he told me that if I did not obliged I needed to leave.


PLEASE READ SOME OF THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND HELP ME CLOSE THIS PLACE DOWN. I AM TIRED FO POOR SERVICE AND PLACES LIKE THESE NEED TO BE EXPOSED AND RAN OUT OF BUSINESS.

Lakeviewbr

08/15/2009

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Overall
Rude people, bad service, awful food...

It's been my 6th time there... since they are right around the corner, every other year I'd give it a try thinking ""maybe they are not so bad... it was just that night...""..
Although the Margaritas are OK ( by OK I mean OK,.. not good by any means) .. the food is awful, by far the worse Mexican food I've ever tasted...when you think that nothing can go wrong with chips and salsa, there is a place where that will prove you wrong.. they have the most oily, unsalted, bad tasted chips I've ever seen.
And above all that.. The service is unbelievably bad, Mean and Rude people working all over the place, if you have any problem... please.. take my advice and never call the manager... you will definitely get a rudder person. and after reading other reviews.. really, what's with the moving table thing...I thought that was with me but as I see it's like part of their service...Unbelievable Best advice I can give is to Avoid the place, just do a research and read other reviews..

mywolfys

02/27/2009

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Overall
Cesars Chicago = CAN I GIVE ZERO STARS???? REST OF THE RANT...

(((THIS IS THE REST OF WHAT WE ENDURED AND DISAPPOINTINGLY WENT ALONG WITH)))
THEN, our original waiter comes up to us and apologizes for moving us... UH HUH... UH--WHAT?!? You want us to move AGAIN to the other side of the restaurant at the other bar?? and you'll give us another drink on the house? OH NO. We are not moving. He tells us that he hasn't put in our next round of drinks with the bar, yet. We tell him we're not moving. Our drinks come. Then, our waitress returns with our check telling us thank you and whenever we're ready to pay would be great. And they charge us for those final round of drinks. UMM.. I don't know why we even ended up staying there... I don't know why we even PAID our bill. I don't know why we TIPPED our waiters--- I know it's not their faults, but their tips should have reflected the total service that was provided all night... We paid cash with a small overage on a credit card-- and of course, the waitress returns to tell us we cannot use our credit card unless the charge is over $10. We should have just walked out. If you want margaritas that do NOT taste like they have used the Patron that's promised, go only for the drinks, sit only at the bar. If you want awesome margaritas with awesome food and pleasant service, try CAMPECHE on Lincoln and Jersey on the north side of the city. by the way, spaghetti o's soup that's watered down served with a wedge of lime was free at Cesar's.""

newtnewt10

10/23/2008

Overall
GREAT PLACE FOR FUN!!!!!

My husband and I have been going to Cesars Restuarant for at least 10 years. The place is casual and with very good wait staff, they are very warm and welcoming. We personally have gotten to know Cesar, the owner. He comes out of the kitchen and welcomes and thanks his customers. They have a varity of music that they play, and if you are a sport fan, they have two or more big screen t.v.s. My favorite is the mini burritto's. My husband likes the huge regular burritto's. The complimentory chips and salsa is out of this world, they make their own homemade salsa and fry their own chips ( they are still warm when they come to the table). My friends have had there fajitas, the portions are so big ,you can share with someone or bring a very big appitite. They also have great soup and even a mexican pizza that is to die for!!!! The beef they cook is on an open flame and it is fabulous. Let's not forget what they are famous for....... The Killer Margaritas. They come in all flavors and frozen or on the rocks, what ever your fancy is. They have great views from their window seats, if you are a people watcher. I can't say enough good about this place, I go every chance I get. Try for yourself....you won't be dissappointed. Just a little warning..... they are very popular on the weekends.

Susan and Robert Scott

Jessia823

06/30/2008

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Overall
Terrible food and service

When I dined at this restaurant with a friend, the service proved to be as abysmal as the food. My vegetarian burrito was incredibly plain and boring (how do you mess up beans and vegetables?), and my friend's wrap was unappetizing. When she complained to our server, he curtly replied, ""Well, no one has ever complained about it before,"" as if that should make everything all right. The margaritas were good, but easily the worst Mexican I've had in the city.

daveygravey

02/11/2008

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Overall
avoid it like the plague

This place is the pits. The food is horrible and the management is equally as bad. I would say easily the worst mexican food I've ever eaten.

olga0211

09/19/2007

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TERRIBLE PLACE

Terrible service I have ever seen. I have been waiting for 40 min. for the table - and was told to get out the place after all this. We were 2 and I asked for table for 3 , my friend wanted to join us. After 40 min, (I so the other people been seated right away) I?ve been told that I have to wait for the 3rd person to come in case to bee seated. than I tried to tell that I just want to start eating at this time and not sure , that this person will join us, the guy upfront told me that I will never will get table in this place and have to leave.

saribou

07/27/2007

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Overall
Good margaritas, but lackluster overall.

If you are more interested in getting wasted on margaritas, than just having a drink and some good mexican food, then come here! I have to admit the ""killer"" margaritas ARE quite good, but you can get equally good ones elsewhere in the area. I have been here several times, at different times of the week. I prefer during the week, since it's more of a dinner scene + drinks, than bar-goers out clubbing. Also during the week, they give you complimentary soup at the start of your meal, and tequila shots at the end (they seem to not do this on fri or sat nights). Also the upstairs club AND the patio are cash only, which is kind of annoying and only seems to complicate things for everyone. The food itself is lackluster at best. The only thing I have really enjoyed there food-wise is the spinach mini-wraps. Those were good. Otherwise, try Mayan Palace on Halsted, just south of Diversey. It's smaller, but they have a nice covered back patio, great margaritas, and great food, too!

northside77

05/14/2007

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Overall
good only for the frozen margaritas

The frozen margaritas here are the best in the neighborhood, hands down. This is their bread and butter, and they are clearly aware of it. The service at the Clark location is famously bad. On a busy night, they will rush you (sometimes with less than what would qualify as tact), but if you are a pleasant group (i.e., you can handle your liquor) they will sometimes offer free shots or drinks at the bar for your inconvenience in relinquishing your table perhaps earlier than you intended. While thoughtful, it definitely betrays their desire to crank through the customers vs. offer a pleasant experience. They do this because they can...the Clark location is prime.

The service issues don't seem so bad at the other location on Broadway, which is oddly just a 10 minute walk away. Given the choice it's the one I would recommend.

The food is barely adequate. It's generally kind of bland, and outside of the burritos the portions are mediocre relative to other Mexican retaurants. The burritos are not as good as even those you'd get at a fast food joint like Taco Burrito King. Again, just bland.

If Cesar's was simply a margarita bar, it would be phenomenal, as I feel many of its problems (including inconsistent staff attitude) result from them trying to shoe-horn a restaurant experience into a place people only really frequent for the margaritas. They need to be honest with themselves about this. As a restaurant, I cannot recommend it. Sad, as the frozen margaritas truly are amazing.

cityguy924

11/12/2006

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Overall
Don?t waste your time and money! POOR SERVICE!

After ordering (1) margarita in the dinning room during dinner, my party was told that they needed our table and refused to serve us anymore drinks. However, the hostess did offer (4) coupons for free ?house? drinks in the basement. After the main course, we were promptly given our bill without offering any dessert menu. The service & food were POOR. There are so many other Mexican/margarita restaurants in Chicago, take your business and money elsewhere!

sisterhazy

10/21/2006

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Overall
Terrible doesn't even begin to explain the service...

We went with a group of 5 last night for a quick bite after a few drinks across the street. As soon as we got there the waitress threw the chips down with an attitude - one that continued throughout the night. When we asked for more chips a few minutes later (5 hungry people what do you expect) she totally gave more attitude. When my meal was brought I told the waitress I ordered my enchiladas with just regular red sauce - not green sauce. She insisted I was wrong but after looking at the check realized the error was hers. They were closing like an hour after we got there so we were definitely rushed. In addition, two of the people we were with ordered the huge margaritas and when they tried to order their second ones were told they could only have the small ones because they were closing. What that had to do with it I don't know. After we finished our meal, we were outside the restaurant saying our goodbyes as we were all off to our respective homes. Some employee inside was like mouthing stuff to us very angrily and our waitress flipped me the bird. No reason what so ever. I had even given a 20% tip - God knows why?! I have never in my life experienced such attitudes...at a Mexican restaurant nonetheless! I'm not sure who these people think they are, but I will never in my life give them so much as a glance. Who cares about the food - the staff was unacceptable. I wonder if they realize all they do is sell cheap, nasty Mexican food for a living?

chicagogirlpark

10/02/2006

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RUDE and IGNORANT

Well i know this place isnt known for its customer service, which is comparable to its food. I give places at least a few tries to make up for itself. I was treated poorly at both locations and the staff doesnt seem to care at all. Also the table service is slow, dont expect any extras. The best part is the ""Owner"" of the broadway location was incredibly rude to us and refused to seat us. This place also has numerous rules about where to sit, cash only, and it all makes for a very uncomfortable experince

ryanmegg

09/16/2006

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Overall
Best Friggin' Margaritas in the city!

My girlfriend and I visit Cesar's alteast 2 times per month, and we love it more every time. They have fantasic food, and ""killer"" margaritas, bartenders that don't stiff you on the good stuff... and to top it all off, you leave with a free round of tequilla shots for your entire group. Needless to say we'll continue to go back there on a regular basis, and I'm sure the service, food, drinks, and atmosphere will only get even better!

grandissimo

07/21/2006

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Overall
GREAT MARGH.

better than LALO'S, the drinks, food, and service was great, parking is a challange but once inside you forget about it.

theonetoask

06/18/2006

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Overall
Horrible Customer Treatment

Word is getting around that Cesar's is not a customer friendly environment. After experiencing my own situation, I now understand why. My three person group when into a half empty Cesar's at 10:45 pm for at least drinks. We sat at a table next to the bar and were then kicked out when told that we must order food to sit at the table, which we weren't sure if we would end up doing. There was no seats available at the bar and after being redirected to another bar at the restaurant we found out that it was being closed for the evening, probably due to lack of customers. I explained to the hostess and manager that our drink tab would end up being in the $50 range by the time we left so how about letting us sit at one of the many open tables. They could have cared less about what I was saying and could not use common sense/good judgment. Their responses said ""we don't care, leave if you don't like it."" So we left went to a more happening place called Tarascas down the street where they were more than happy to let us sit at any available table to drink. We ended up eating anyway and our bill was a bit less than $60. One of the people in my group had mentioned they've had or had been told of similar experiences at Cesar's. In a town with hundreds of bars and restaurants you simply must serve your guests, not treat them like you don't care whether they are there or not. I'm guessing the lack of people at Cesar's on a Saturday night means these experiences are not rumors.

kellkri

05/02/2006

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Overall
Unbelievably poor and inappropriate service

Cesar's does NOT accept credit cards throughout restaurant and management takes unacceptable action when asked for explanation. With ground-level seating full, we're directed to basement. When credit card was given as payment, we're informed cash-only. With no cash, and knowledge the floor above accepted credit, we asked to pay upstairs - even offered to walk it upstairs ourselves. After, what we believed to be management arrived, all seemed resolved - we were assured credit card is acceptable. Thirty minutes later, another man approaches saying, ""No drinks for you."" He takes our remining drinks/food. We requested an explanation from all 3 employees we spoke with. When noone explained the rationale behind the cash-only rule for half the restaurant, we vocalized a theory-which apparently hit a nerve. Instead of offering another explanation, we were kicked out. With all the wonderful Mexican establishments in Chicago, I will never dine at Cesar's again.

chitownreview

05/01/2006

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Overall
Would not go back if they paid me.

Horrible customer service. Mediocre food not worth the hassle. I highly recommend anywhere else for Mexican. If you like to be treated like you're lucky to be eating your burito, go here. If you prefer to be treated like a valued customer, go elsewhere. I know I will.

mdplez

04/24/2006

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Overall
Margaritas really are ""KILLER!""

This place has good food & incredible margaritas: just what you want from a neighborhood hangout. They really promote their ""Killer Margaritas"" and they are indeed delicious and very strong! Their upstairs lounge serves food and is lots of fun, especially for groups. They even have a DJ on Thursday night. But be forwarned they only accept cash up there. Kinda strange.

chicagoguy200

10/05/2005

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Overall
not so good

This place is not so good. Though the outdoor seating is great, the food is mediocre, the service is spotty and the staff can be downright rude. My suggestion: skip this place!

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